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Press freedom organisation puts ten faces to its 'Fightimpunity' campaign

October 31, 2014
Press freedom organisation puts ten faces to its 'Fightimpunity' campaign PARIS, France -- Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders (RWB) is highlighting ten emblematic cases of impunity as part of its #FightImpunity campaign for the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The aim is to involve the general public and step up...

Abuse, self-stigma revealed by ground-breaking Caribbean study of men who have sex with men

October 30, 2014
Abuse, self-stigma revealed by ground-breaking Caribbean study of men who have sex with men PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS) is the region’s largest study of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men as well as the first such survey to be conducted online. While many respondents experienced homophobic abuse and negative self-perception.

The Caribbean Writer Volume 28 book launch party

October 29, 2014
The Caribbean Writer Volume 28 book launch party ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer invites the general public to another book launch of Volume 28 on Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 1-4 pm in the first-floor conference room of UVI’s Administration and Conference Center (ACC) on St Thomas. Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories.

Women in public office urged to fight corruption

October 28, 2014
Women in public office urged to fight corruption MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Coordinator for the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, Hazel Brown, says women must be willing to take on leadership positions, but must have zero tolerance against discrimination, inequity and corruption in public life. “It is necessary for more women to take up...

Caribbean countries ready to address stagnation, says CDB president

October 28, 2014
Caribbean countries ready to address stagnation, says CDB president MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Warren Smith, has expressed optimism that Caribbean countries are ready to address the root causes of economic and social stagnation. Addressing the opening of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Kindness and understanding

October 28, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Kindness and understanding Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “Kindness and Understanding.” The one thing I have learned about parenting is that...

EarthTalk: Banning plastic bags

October 27, 2014
EarthTalk: Banning plastic bags California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags.

Caribbean women recommit to advocating for diversity

October 18, 2014
Caribbean women recommit to advocating for diversity PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Advocates for lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the Caribbean have been encouraged to commit to enhance their advocacy at the second Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference. Staged in Paramaribo, Suriname, the CWSDC is organised by...

FAO Caribbean head highlights importance of policy in revitalizing regional agriculture

October 16, 2014
FAO Caribbean head highlights importance of policy in revitalizing regional agriculture PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The critical role of policy development and implementation in the process of revitalizing agriculture sectors in the region was highlighted in a workshop on governance and public policy held last week at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour

October 16, 2014
Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour LIMA, Peru -- At a United Nations-backed regional conference held in Lima, Peru, 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries on Wednesday announced the launch of an initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour, and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020.

The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery

October 14, 2014
The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are tons of films about slavery, but how many films have you seen making a case for reparations for slavery? Out of slavery itself film producer Karen Marks Mafundikwa of Jamaica has brought this prized and rare possession to the Caribbean and the world.

CRFM hopes US reject petition to ban import of Caribbean conch

October 14, 2014
CRFM hopes US reject petition to ban import of Caribbean conch PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says that it hopes data it supplied to the United States would convince authorities there not to list the queen conch as an endangered species, as a non-governmental organisation from Colorado has requested.

Tribute to veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan

October 13, 2014
Tribute to veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan I learnt of Rafiq Khan’s passing with a profound sense of sadness. He and I were rivals when we managed radio stations that competed for audiences and advertising revenue in the 1970s in an era where television did not exist and radio was the only form of electronic communication.

The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party

October 11, 2014
The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer invites the general public and the UVI community to the book launch of Volume 28 on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 6-9 pm in the Great Hall of the Albert Sheen Campus on St Croix. Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories. It features insightful and...

Caribbean agriculture head to quit by year-end

October 10, 2014
Caribbean agriculture head to quit by year-end PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Executive director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research Institute (CARDI), Dr Arlington Chesney has confirmed that he will leave the institute by the end of this year.  “I think I should leave. When I joined CARDI, I said I would come for three years, and it [has been] seven years.

Agricultural cooperation between Caribbean and Pacific regions moves forward

October 10, 2014
Agricultural cooperation between Caribbean and Pacific regions moves forward PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Inter-regional cooperation for agricultural and rural development has moved a step closer with the announcement that the Pacific region is planning to hold a regional week of agriculture in 2015. The event has been inspired by the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA).

FAO official says praedial larceny should be taken as seriously as climate change

October 9, 2014
FAO official says praedial larceny should be taken as seriously as climate change PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Praedial larceny should be taken as seriously as climate change, as the theft of agricultural produce can have a deleterious impact on the regional economy and the health of its citizens. Reuben Robertson, Food and Agriculture Organisation technical advisor to the...

The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories

October 9, 2014
The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories ST THOMAS, USVI -- The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has released Volume 28 of its international, literary journal, where the Caribbean imagination embraces the world. This volume is overflowing with brilliant, insightful, imaginative writings highlighting the concepts: Time, Place and Memories.

Caribbean Week of Agriculture focuses on family farming

October 7, 2014
Caribbean Week of Agriculture focuses on family farming PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), the premier meeting of agriculture stakeholders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), opened in Paramaribo, Suriname, on Monday with a focus on family farming. The five-day meeting, which is being held under the theme...

CDB president to lead discussions on energy policy and energy security

October 7, 2014
CDB president to lead discussions on energy policy and energy security MIAMI, USA -- Regional policymakers will contemplate the alignment of policy to energy security on day two of the 2014 Caribbean Renewable Energy Conference which is set for October 6 – 8 in Miami. The conference is expected to assemble government and development partners.

Gender justice as a catalyst for youth development

October 7, 2014
Gender justice as a catalyst for youth development KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On September 30, 2014, the Caribbean region celebrated Caribbean Youth Day. The theme “Embracing Technology to promote innovative and sustainably conscious” presented a forum by which youth across the region were able to voice their concerns on a number...

Navigating Island Parenting: The Parent-Teacher Partnership

October 7, 2014
Navigating Island Parenting: The Parent-Teacher Partnership Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of reflections, insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This issue: The Parent - Teacher Relationship.

Commonwealth finance ministers to focus on funding Post-2015 development agenda

October 4, 2014
Commonwealth finance ministers to focus on funding Post-2015 development agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Commonwealth finance ministers will meet on October 8 to explore ways of financing the Post-2015 development agenda at a time when many countries are struggling to meet targets for combating poverty and improving the livelihoods of millions of their citizens.

Think about the coconut tree industry, regional value chain workshop told

September 30, 2014
Think about the coconut tree industry, regional value chain workshop told PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The curtains came down last Thursday on the two-day regional value chain workshop in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In a brief closing ceremony, Dr Arlington Chesney, executive director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) said...

Transatlantic slave trade memorial will send 'powerful message' for years to come

September 29, 2014
Transatlantic slave trade memorial will send 'powerful message' for years to come NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations took one more step on Friday towards constructing a permanent commemoration to the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade in what the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said would be “a message...

Region due for 'the big one', seismologist warns

September 27, 2014
Region due for 'the big one', seismologist warns BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Caribbean region is well overdue for a major earthquake, according to geological patterns that have been tracked for over a hundred years. "We will see in our region about three earthquakes of magnitude 5 in the year, and every three to five years we would get...

New UN resolution on safety of journalists

September 27, 2014
New UN resolution on safety of journalists PARIS, France (RSF) -- Reporters Without Borders has welcomed a new resolution on the safety of journalists that the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on Thursday. Proposed by several countries, including France and Austria, it was co-sponsored by more than 90 countries.

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